Jigawa records over 2000 cases of Cholera with over 30 Deaths within a month – Hon. Abubakar Makki
BY OBUTE JAMES
The House of Representatives on Wednesday, called on the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and other relevant health organizations to immediately curtail the spread of Cholera in Jigawa and other states in the Federation.
The House resolution on Wednesday follwed a motion by Hon. Abubakar Makki Yalleman titled: “Call on the Federal Government to Curtail the Spread of Cholera in Jigawa State”
Presenting the motion, Hon. Abubakar Makki Yalleman who is the Vice Chairman, House Committee on Defence and representive of Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency of Jigawa State said within one month of the Cholera outbreak, the state recorded over 2000 cases of the disease and over 30 deaths.
Parts of his motion read below:
“The House: Notes that the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Health, among others are, to manage outbreaks of diseases in Nigeria, formulate policies on all activities relating to disease management and coordinate the plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disasters at all levels of Government while making concrete efforts to cater for the health needs of Nigerians;
“Also notes that within one month of the Cholera outbreak the state has recorded over 2000 cases of the disease and over 30 deaths, thus causing financial burden on the State Government as all its resources have been channelled to addressing the disease;
“Worried that Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency is surrounded by water which aided the spread of Cholera, a water-borne disease, thus calling for intervention of the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and other relevant health-related Authorities;
“Concerned that the Cholera Outbreak is not easing in the Federal Constituency despite the efforts by the State Government as the statistics have risen to over 10, 000 cases in the last four (4) months with over 295 deaths recorded especially in Jigawa State.”
The House mandated the Committee on Health Care Services as well as Legislative Compliance to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health and other health-related agencies to take immediate steps to protect the lives of the people of Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency, Jigawa State and other states in Nigeria from further deaths as a result of the Cholera outbreak.